In Havana, Cuba, around 500 people, including Palestinian expats, students, as well as locals, and government officials, gathered in a large government-owned community center to mark the 50th anniversary of the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Mousa Solyman, the head of the PFLP in Cuba, told Mondoweiss that representing the group in Cuba was an experience like no other. “In the West it seems all aspects of the Palestinian struggle are illegal, not just the PFLP, any combative organization that supports Palestinian rights are considered terrorists, but in Cuba the government is always supporting us because our cause is justice, and living and working here, that support is felt everyday,” Solyman said.
Category Archives: Middle East
The New York Times has just enough coverage of the war crimes in Yemen, and US complicity in them, so it can say it covered the issue, but not enough to signal to readers that the issue matters. Meanwhile, a torrent of stories has convinced readers that Russiagate is the great issue of our time. For the educated liberal it is convenient to believe that whatever is really wrong can be identified with the Republican Party, so Russiagate is irresistible.
Think what you may of their incendiary words and actions, Donald Trump and Binyamin Netanyahu continue to give us a series of political and philosophical lessons. This past week, the theme of their pedagogy of oppression (to paraphrase the great Brazilian philosopher Paulo Freire, who coined the term the pedagogy of the oppressed) was neither Jerusalem nor the long-dead Israeli-Palestinian peace process nor, even, the meaning of international recognition and legitimacy. They taught us about the nature of facts.
On November 14 CNN shocked the world with its video news report of Black African migrants being sold into slavery in Libya. Eight days later the Rwandan government issued a press release headlined “Rwanda’s door is open for migrants held captive in Libya.” Rwandan President Paul Kagame is grandstanding on the world stage, but nothing could be further from the truth or more preposterous than his proposal. Ann Garrison and Bénédicte Kumbi Ndjoko give four reasons why.
Whilst condemnation is coming from around the world concerning Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy there, Ehud Barak thinks it’s a non-issue. This is powerful evidence of the fact that Jewish Israeli society is fully behind the Zionist project of expansion and Palestinian removal, in violation of international law.
Yossi Gurvitz writes: “As these words are written, I have no idea just what sort of proclamation Trump will issue today regarding Jerusalem. But the signs are not good. My government is about to be given a surprise gift by Trump, and it does not care that dozens are likely to die.”
Continued threat of a wider war in the Mideast, after a bellicose speech by Benjamin Netanyahu that says Iran “has a “ruthless commitment to murdering Jews.”
There are ominous signs that Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu and the Saudi Crown Prince are pushing for a wider war in the Mideast. In a dangerous escalation, Israel last night attacked an Iranian military base near Syria’s capital, Damascus, using both warplanes and surface-to-surface missiles.
The Mideast could soon explode in a wider war, as Trump, Netanyahu and the Saudi Crown Prince may be targeting Lebanon and, ultimately, Iran.
“Palestine is connected to Chile by waves of immigration, and with a Palestinian community that is large, influential and well-established. But it is also true that some members of this community, as others in Chile, were part of a struggle against a bloody dictatorship whose violence continues to affect many onto this day.”–Basil Farraj
“Suggesting, as the posters do, that Jews have been driven out of their land (like indigenous people) and have finally returned to Israel–a trajectory that all indigenous people should unite behind–is a crude and cynical manipulation of (Jewish) history and a vulgar fabrication that not only makes no sense, but is also offensive in its use and abuse of indigenous peoples’ histories of oppression,” writes professor Gil Hochberg.
Israeli leaders were not only contemplating ethnic cleansing, but also Genocide, according to declassified governmental minutes from 1967. Labor politicians were obsessed with the fear that the 1.4 million Palestinians in the territories they had seized would overwhelm the state’s Jewish majority one day. And these liberal Zionists encouraged the settlements, too.
Israel backed al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Syria in an effort to weaken Bashar al-Assad and Iran. The effort has failed and now Israel and Saudi Arabia are turning their attention to Lebanon where two mysterious events over the past week indicate that Hezbollah may be in Israel’s sights.
Simon Schama’s defense of Zionism in a letter to the Times of London is not worthy of his standing as a historian, Robert Cohen writes. “Your denial of any connection between colonialism and Zionism makes me seriously question your historical understanding…. If you truly recognise the equal Palestinian claim to the land you must also understand Zionism was always going to turn out badly for the Palestinians.”
British government minister Priti Patel was forced to resign following revelations she conducted 12 undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Patel’s behavior has been characterized in the British press as “incompetence,” but Jonathan Cook unpacks what she, and Israel, might have been trying to achieve.
“Israel is the single most divisive issue in the American community pitting American Jew against American Jew,” says Eric Goldstein, ceo of the Jewish Federation of New York. While Jonathan Kessler, an executive at AIPAC, said Israeli leaders’ ignorance of U.S. politics is “dangerous” and young US Jews are growing estranged from the country.
Mainstream U.S. press coverage of government corruption in Africa is all too often marred by unconscious racism. Reports dwell at loving length on the grotesque wealth of certain African leaders, but the same articles will often forget to even name the big oil companies, mining giants and hedge funds that pay and sometimes bribe them.
Olive branches, a huge Palestinian flag, a large cardboard drawing of Lord Arthur Balfour, and Theresa May cartoons were some of the creative props displayed during the 15,000-strong ‘Justice Now: Make it Right for Palestine’ march and rally in London to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.
The cartoon of Dershowitz that the ‘Daily Cal’ retracted was not anti-semitic in showing Dersh as dripping blood, in his defense of Israel. But its depiction of the lawyer as having a spider’s body dehumanized him as an insect and reflected anti-Semitic propaganda, Matthew Taylor argues.
It is time that British Government declare that Israel has never lived up to the revered Balfour Declaration and rescind it once and for all. For if Great Britain believes in human rights and democracy, it will demand that Israel recognize the right of Palestinian refugees and their offspring to return home and to live as equal citizens under a representative government.
The 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, on November 2, is turning out to be an important occasion for Palestinians to register their sense of betrayal by Britain for colonial-era promises that still govern the lives of so many people in Israel and Palestine, and to call on Britain to make the declaration “right” by assuring Palestinians’ rights at last.
When Israel supporters learned of Tom Suarez’s speaking tour in the U.S., they rushed to malign him, describing his work as “dripping with racial hatred against Jews.” And history faculty at UMass characterized him as an “amateur author.” Despite these efforts, Suarez spoke at UMass and Columbia and the Jerusalem Fund too.
Sixty-seven words. That is the full extent of the Balfour Declaration, and yet few documents have had as devastating an impact as this historical document. Still, Nada Elia writes that the cursory nature of its wording indicates a twentieth-century awareness that the dispossession of the Palestinian people was already considered anachronistic when the declaration was written 100 years ago.
Former BBC Middle East Correspondent Tim Llewellyn says Great Britain is a nation split between government and governed when it comes to Israel and Palestine: “If the British Conservative Government of Teresa May represented the views of the people of Britain rather than the preferences of the state of Israel on the disastrous outcome for the Palestinian Arabs of the Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917, she would not be planning to celebrate this 100th anniversary with Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister. This will happen at a cosy London dinner party at the home of Lord Rothschild, heir to the recipient of that infamous letter from Arthur J. Balfour, Britain’s then Foreign Secretary.”
On October 22, 2017, a party was thrown to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the founding of the Jewish Worker’s Bund of Russia, Poland and Lithuania, sponsored by YIVO Institute in NY. The Bund in the interwar 1920-39 period provided a model of secular Jewish identity without separatism and in Poland demonstrated effective Jewish participation in a multiethnic state. The Bundists elevated the principle of Doikayt, “hereness,” working in the society in which one lives, rather than toward the religious other world, or toward a Jewish state.